Curiously, one of the things that brings the most traffic to my blog are Pins and links to the beer cap magnets I made back in December.
Curious because these were just something I threw together, literally with what I had laying around… plus a few glue sticks and a roll of magnetic tape. And since the non-tutorial is just sort of grouped together with a post about a bunch of other things I made as Christmas presents, I thought it was high time I devoted a post to just the beer cap magnets.
To call it a tutorial would be silly, because they’re so easy to make and require no skill/creativity, but… yeah, this is a tutorial.
- Beer caps (or soda bottle caps or whatever)
- Magnets (I recommend the magnetic tape rolls)
- Hot glue gun
- Glue sticks
- Washer or cork or some kind of spacer
Take the beer cap — which you undoubtedly obtained by giving it the ol’ college try — and glue the spacer to the bottom in the hollow of the beer cap. Metal washers are great for this, but I actually used old wine corks for mine (in keeping with the libations theme).
I took each wine cork and cut it into small slices using a serrated kitchen knife. Each cork yielded about three spacers. And like the beer caps, they were free!
Then I took a small strip of magnetic tape — small, because the beer caps weigh nothing — and even though it’s tape, I put a dot of hot glue on the cork before pressing on the magnet. That’s it!
The beer caps and cork were free, the pack of hot glue sticks was a whopping dollar (and I only used two to make a dozen), and the roll o magnetic tape was about four bucks (and I only used about one fourth of it). That’s pretty darn penny-pinchery, if I do say so myself.
And he’s the finished product!
There. All myths dispelled. These things really are just that simple.
Nudge. Nudge. Hey — if you’ve Pinned this before, do ya mind re-Pinning it? Then people will be directed to this helpful little post…. and I won’t get so many emails about how to make them and “are they really just beer caps and magnets?” and compliments about how cute my dogs are. April Fool’s. Keep the e-mails coming… Especially if they’re complimentary ones about my babies.
See you tomorrow — we finnin’ to paint some spoons up in here!